Mrs. Smitheran completed her undergraduate work at the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She then pursued a master’s degree in physical therapy from California State University Fresno graduating in May 2000. Mrs. Smitheran has extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation working with patients from a variety of centers including Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, CareMeridian, Village Healthcare Centers, No Limit Physical Therapy and finally Precision Rehabilitation. Over the last 18
Christy completed her certification in Neuro-Developmental Technique (NDT) and is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP). Additional, she is a certified Ride Designs custom seat system provider and has grown a wheelchair seating clinic with expert clinicians. People from all over the world have traveled to Precision Rehabilitation to be evaluated by Mrs. Smitheran. Christy is also LSVT ® BIG certified to help patients with Parkinson’s Disease or Parkinson’s-like symptoms use exercise to improve function.
Mrs. Smitheran has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Long Beach in the Physical Therapy program and has conducted presentations on spinal cord injury, wheelchair assessment, and private practice ownership to other universities including
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Dr.Dahdul graduated from the University of Southern California in 2003 with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Post graduation, she specialized in neurological rehabilitation at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (LBMMC) and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC). Dr. Dahdul acquired specialized training in spinal cord injury and pressure ulcer management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
As a USC researcher, she worked for the national Extremity Constraint Induced Therapy Evaluation (EXCITE) clinical trial in the Motor Behavioral and Neurological Rehabilitation Laboratory. In addition to serving as a clinical mentor in the patient-centered clinics at Mount Saint Mary’s College, Dr. Dahdul currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy department at USC.
She is a certified clinician in LSVT® BIG and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) for individuals with
Dr. Dahdul is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and
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In 2010, alongside Dr. Manjiri Dahdul, she began developing Precision Rehabilitation’s Neurological Residency program, which is now recognized as an ABPTS Credential Residency Program. Dr. Preuschoff serves as the Residency’s Coordinator and a primary mentor.
Dr. Preuschoff is an Adjunct Professor at Mount St. Mary’s University in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is also a certified clinical instructor (CI) as has served as a CI for several Physical Therapy programs in Southern California including USC, CSULB, Loma Linda University and Mount St. Mary’s University.
Mrs. Mandas is an ASHA certified SLP who is also certified to work with children and adults of all ages. She also has certification in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation, Vital Stim ®, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LVST)®, and Interactive Metronome. In addition, she is trained in the Beckman approach to neuromuscular disorders.
Angela was the President of the California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA), the commissioner of Research and Publications, and the state convention Program Chair for the past 4 years. Mrs. Mandas has also been involved in numerous publications, including a column in a national publication called the “Administration and Supervision for ASHA’s Special Interest Division”. Her column, which she has been writing for two years, deals with ethics in the workplace.
Mrs. Mandas is also very active in the community, as she has been involved in volunteer organizations, such as the Southern California Head Injury Foundation(1990-1995, the Jonathan Jaques Cancer Fundraiser, and the Painted Turtle camp for children with chronic illnesses.
Claire completed her undergraduate work at Chapman University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She then completed her graduate studies at the University of Southern California and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. After graduating Claire started working at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation where she specialized in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and worked in the inpatient setting for over 8 years.
Claire is an OT who is a certified provider
Claire is also an active member of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) and is licensed through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
Melanie has been an APTA credentialed Clinical Instructor since 2009 with students from many physical therapy schools including Loma Linda University, Azusa Pacific University, and the University of Southern California. She has served as a part time instructor in various physical therapy programs. In 1989, she helped establish the curriculum and teach the orthopedic and manual therapy curriculum at Cal State Northridge from 2000-2002. She introduced and taugh Industrial Rehabilitation and Return to Work at Loma Linda University. In addition to her contributions to these universities, she ws asked to write a chapter on Rehabilitation that was published in a book on Surgical Ankle Arthroscopy in 1991.
Most importantly, Melanie enjoys being able to continue direct clinical care at Precision Rehabilitation, emphasizing and teching self management options before or after and injury. When she is not at Precision, she has the opportunity to help empower healthcare providers in numerous settings as a Clinical Training Consultatnt with a safe patient handling equipment company.
Dr. Kimberly Yoshinaga completed her undergraduate work at Azusa Pacific University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health with a Physical Therapy Emphasis. While an undergraduate, she participated in a 6-week medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where she served alongside a team of 9 other students, local physicians and nurses in providing free medical care at remote mobile clinics and home visits, as well as volunteered at orphanages and hospitals. Kimberly developed a passion for working with under-served populations and has also volunteered at Union Rescue Mission as a student physical therapist, where she provided pro bono physical therapy services for residents of the mission.
Kimberly completed her post-graduate studies at Mount St. Mary’s University, where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. During her graduate program at MSMU, she participated in research involving gait and balance training for children with chronic stroke. She has experience in neurological rehabilitation, orthopedic and musculoskeletal movement disorders, acute care, pediatrics, and chronic pain. Since graduating, Kimberly works with both the neurologic and orthopedic patient populations at Precision Rehabilitation.
Dr. Joyce Wondolowski received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She worked as a research scientist at UCLA studying the cerebellum (the part of the brain responsible for movement coordination and motor learning) and motor cortex (the brain region responsible for movement initiation), and at USC studying plasticity at the neuromuscular junction.
She then decided to change her career path to work directly with the people affected by movement dysfunction and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from USC. During her studies at USC she received the Merit Award for Academic Excellence, The Jesus Dominguez Award for Community Service, The Kathleen Bice Award for Clinical Excellence, and the Basic Science Scholar Award. Dr. Wondolowski’s clinical training included rotations working with orthopedic, neurologic, chronic pain, vestibular, and cardiovascular conditions in both outpatient and acute inpatient settings.
Dr. Wondolowski is excited to bring her scientific and research expertise to a clinical setting by staying abreast of current research in rehabilitation and applying new findings to her interventions and patient care.
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As a teenager, Sarah spent her summers volunteering at Long Beach Memorial Hospital where she learned that her passion was to help those in need. She thoroughly enjoys the clinical setting but her specialty is working with children and families. She currently works with children in early intervention, articulation and phonological delays, language development delays and voice disorders.
Sarah’s short-term goals are to acquire special certifications in Autism disorder as well as Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Her long-term goals consist of starting a family and eventually finishing her education with a Masters degree in Communication Disorders.